Georgia Modification of Alimony
Alimony is an amount of money that serves as financial support to a financially dependent spouse. There are two types of alimony in Georgia:
- Lump-sum: All of the money is paid at once
- Periodic: The money is paid over time in installments
Only periodic alimony is subject to modification, but only under certain circumstances.
Grounds for Alimony Modification
If the finances of either spouse change significantly, the court may find that modifying the alimony is appropriate. For example, if the spouse receiving payment gets a raise, the paying spouse may request a modification. On the other hand, if the paying spouse loses his or her job, he or she may request a lower payment.
The alimony recipient may request an increase if he or she loses other income or if the paying spouse gets a substantial raise.
Termination of Alimony
In Georgia, alimony has an expiration date—in fact, it will be noted in the order. Alimony must be paid until its expiration date unless the receiving spouse remarries, dies or cohabitates with a new romantic partner.